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“First, Catch a Tiger”


Season:             3 episode 1
Series Episode: 79
Air Date:          September 12, 1959



“If you’ve been hired to kill me, Starrett, remember the recipe for tiger stew. First you have to catch the tiger.”


Employment Solicitation

San Francisco Star
Fred Horn Strikes Again
Last night Judge O’Reilly was murdered…shot-gunned in the back like Sheriff Ostler last week. It’s rumored that still another man connected with the hanging of Jacob Mordain’s son is to die this way.
Of the three men responsible for the hanging of Jacb Mordain’s son in Mordain, Wyoming, last year, O’Reilly is the second to die. Sheriff Warren Ostler being the first – – –






First you must catch the tiger.”
Paladin quoting the beginning of an old Chinese recipe


Fortune does favor the audacious.”
Paladin quoting Erasmus


Fortune favors the audacious.”
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

Cast & Crew Lists


CharacterRoleActorActor AgeStatus
PaladinAn arbiterRichard Boone42Credited
Kim Chan "Hey Boy"Hotel Carlton porterKam Tong52Credited
DrogganMordain hotel managerKing Calder62Credited
Walt Dunne a.k.a. Fred HornJacob Mordain's ramrod and hired gunJohn Anderson36Credited
Abe HustonMordain ranch handDon Megowan37Credited
Jacob MordainRancherHarry Bartell45Credited
StarrettGun drummer and former gunfighterStacy Harris41Credited
MaryHotel kitchen maidPamela Lincoln22Credited
Billy MordainMordain's sonMentioned
Warren OstlerMordain sheriffMentioned
Pat TurneyGunfighterMentioned




Ida Lupino
Assistant DirectorJack Voglin
CreatorsHerb Meadow & Sam Rolfe
WritersHarry Julian Fink
Script SupervisorRichard Chaffee
Story EditorFrank R. Pierson
ProducerSam Rolfe
Production ManagerHoward Joslin
Director of PhotographyStuart Thompson, A.S.C.
Art DirectorWalter E. Keller
Opening Theme Music ComposerBernard Hermann (Herrmann)

"Ballad of Paladin" SingerJohnny Western
"Ballad of Paladin" written by Johnny Western, Richard Boone, Sam Rolfe
Music EditorGene Feldman
Film EditorEverett Sutherland
Sound EditorRoderick Sound, Inc.
Sound EffectsGene Eliot, M.P.S.E.
Property MasterArthur Friedrich
Makeup Artist
Donald (W.) Roberson
Hair Stylist
Madine Danks, C.H.S.
WardrobeJoseph Dimmitt

Set DecoratorHerman N. Schoenbrun & Charles Vassar

CastingStalmaster-Lister Co.
Richard Boone's Stunt Double
Hal Needham
Production CompaniesA CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network Production

Recording Company'Westrex Recording System
ATFP (Alliance of TV Film Producers)




Filming Locations

Paramount Studios 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America


Closing Credits background
Lone Pine, California, United States of America

Geographic References

San Francisco, California,United States of America


Gastronomic Delights




Have Gun – Will Travel episodes (written, spoken and credits). Internet Movie Database (IMDb), authors (cited), philosophers (cited), poets (cited) and individual observation.


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